Wimba - Instructor's Quick Guide


1. Access your Wimba Classroom

2. Turn on your Microphone

3. Turn on your Webcam

4. Start Recording your Class

Access your Wimba Classroom

To enter your Wimba room, go to http://etsulive.wimba.com or click on the launcher link for your wimba room located in D2L.

Always run the Wimba Setup Wizard.

Choose Presenter Login from the two options. Your students will choose Participant Login.

A new window or tab will pop up asking for your username and password. Enter these now. (Remember that your Wimba password is not linked to your ETSU password and may be different.)

If you have not run the Wizard, Wimba may prompt you to do this now.

You will see a list of rooms you have access to as an administrator. Select the course you wish to join to enter the room.

A more in-depth guide on accessing your Wimba classrooms can be found here:

Accessing Wimba for Instructors

Use your Microphone

Media Bar

The media bar is how you will control your audio and video capabilities inside Wimba.

Choosing your Microphone

If the microphone you want to use is not selected by default then you need to tell Wimba which mic you want to use. To do this:

In some multimedia classrooms, there is a microphone located in the ceiling. To select this mic, choose the 'Unbalanced' option.

Using your Microphone

By default, you microphone us muted inside Wimba. This helps reduce ambient noise and feedback. To speak with your participants, push the 'TALK' button down on the media bar with your mouse. You can also press 'Control' on your keyboard. The talk button will turn orange when pushed down and you will hear a small click indicating that your mic is now open and your participants can hear you.

Locking the Talk Button Down

Please keep in mind that if online students speak into their mic and it comes out through your computer speakers, the audio may go into your mic again. This will create a feedback loop which can be frustrating. To counteract this, either turn off the lock talk option when you know students will be speaking to you (for example, when you ask for questions from participants.) or use a headset mic.

A more in-depth guide on using audio (mics) and video (webcams) can be found here:

Wimba - Audio and Video

Use your Webcam

Using your Webcam

Presenters and participants can use the video window to broadcast their webcam to the other participants in the wimba class. First you must open the webcam window. To do this, select the small image of a camera on the Media Bar.

The Video Window will open but no video is being broadcast yet. There are three buttons on the video window:

1. Broadcast - This option looks like an eye, with the lid closed when it is off, and open when it is enabled. This will start and stop your personal broadcast.

2. Preview - This will show a small preview of your personal webcam at all times, regardless of what is being displayed on the main Video Window.

3. Full Screen - This will maximize the Video Window to fill the entire screen. (Note: Video quality will not increase, so this may look blurry.)

Wimba will only display one video window at a time, which means that only one participant's webcam can be seen at any one time. The Video Window will display whichever participant is speaking at the time, if they have broadcasted their webcam. If no one is speaking, the Video Window will show the presenter by default.

Locking a Webcam onto one Participant

If you would like to lock the Video Window to a single participant or presenter and not have it switch from speaker to speaker, you can double-click on the small '+' sign under the camera icon next to that participant's name in the Participant Area. See here for more information.

Remember, you can not start a participant's webcam. They must open the Video Window and select the Broadcast option in order to broadcast their webcam.

A more in-depth guide on using audio (mics) and video (webcams) can be found here:

Wimba - Audio and Video

Begin Archiving the Class

1. To begin recording your Wimba classroom, select the Archive button in the top-right of the window.

2. A dialog box will open asking if you are sure you want to archive this presentation. Select OK to continue.

3. You are now archiving your Wimba classroom. You can tell a classroom is being recorded when the gray Archive button is red and the text will say "Archive: Started".

4. To stop recording an archive, push the red button.

A more in-depth guide on creating archives can be found here:

Wimba - Creating Archives

If You Need Help

Guides, contact information and other help can be found at ETSU's Wimba page:


A more in-depth presenter guide can be found at this URL, explaining the Wimba classroom with its tools and options in greater detail: http://webhelp.wimba.com/WC/v6_1/Presenter_Guide/


Wimba’s support center can be located here: http://d2.parature.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8052


Wimba offers 24/7 support by phone: (877) 382-2293.